Recruits need to look at the swimmers in addition to the coaches and see if they feel comfortable with their future teammates.
I was talking with a mom on our club team whose swimmer is beginning to look at colleges. Since I’m always willing to give unsolicited advice, I told her several things like making a list of priorities, such as size of school, location, etc. and going on some unofficial visits to get comfortable with the process.
Here’s a list of college recruiting advice compiled from SwimSwam readers:
Ask your swimmers to list what is important to them in a college. Some areas to think about include geographic location, school culture, size, indoor versus outdoor pools, men’s and women’s teams, a religious school and academic reputation.